Dedicated to the insane. Mental illness as an existential condition and a disorder, as a deprivation of freedom, as segregation. This project investigates the topic of forced detention linked to mental issues. The diversity of stories and voices, with direct testimonies and impressions by men and women, merges with the plurality of sounds of Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble. Pierpaolo Capovilla’s ruthless reading traces an inner journey, shifting away from the abyss towards a search for freedom and self-affirmation, aimed to imagining a new mental and physical space. The ensemble and the conductor have the task of translating this tension into music with a constantly changing and never stable total improvisation. A performance that finds its ideal location in what was once a courtyard of the former psychiatric hospital of San Salvi.
Texts freely adapted from Suppôts et suppliciations, by Antonin Artaud
- Atto 1 (12′ 51″)
- Atto 2 (11′ 06″)
- Atto 3 (05′ 48″)
- Atto 4 (14′ 55″)
Full length: 44’ 43”
Recorded live on Wednesday 20 September, 2017, at San Salvi Città Aperta – Padiglione 16, Florence
Reciting voice: Pierpaolo Capovilla
TEMPO REALE ELECTROACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE
Conduction: Francesco Giomi
Viola, electric violin and live electronics: Michele Foresi
Electric guitar and live electronics: Andrea Gozzi
Electric bass and synthesizer: Salvatore Miele
Drums and percussion: Stefano Rapicavoli
Synthesizers: Giorgio Spedicato.
A Tempo Reale production, world premiere. Supported by Estate Fiorentina 2017, in collaboration with Chille de la balanza SPACCIAMO CULTURE. Mix: Leonardo Rubboli, Giovanni Magaglio, Andrea Gozzi, and Francesco Canavese at Tempo Reale Studio A, Florence. Mastering: Damiano Meacci at Tempo Reale Studio A, Florence. Cover photo: Masiar Pasquali.